Archive for the ‘Chesham’ Category

Another year, another culvert camera survey.

Thursday, June 21st, 2012
The saga of the Chesham culvert continues. Yesterday we had the third camera survey of the culvert. Heaven knows what all this costs. All we can be sure of is who is paying.
This survey appears to have been done in an efficient and workmanlike manner by Transport for Buckinghamshire and concentrated on the publicly owned parts. This is in contrast to the approach of the Environment Agency who gilded the lily (job creation scheme?) to include the whole culvert. Memories of an hysterical EA flunky scooting around town hands clutched to head screaming “IT’S A CRISIS, IT’S A CRISIS”. That was probably two years ago now.
Do I sense a grasp of reality in Transport for Buckinghamshire after recent staff changes. There is (or may be) a problem in Market square. The solution? Fix it at the lowest possible cost in the shortest possible time. Why? Because the restriction barriers are legally ineffectual and an eyesore which does Chesham High Street no favours.
Don’t let the environment agency turn it into a calamity: the country does not have that kind of money any more.

The saga of the Chesham culvert continues. Yesterday we had the third camera survey of the culvert. Heaven knows what all this costs. All we can be sure of is who is paying.

This survey appears to have been done in an efficient and workmanlike manner by Transport for Buckinghamshire and concentrated on the publicly owned parts. This is in contrast to the approach of the Environment Agency who gilded the lily (job creation scheme?) to include the whole culvert. Memories of an hysterical EA flunky scooting around town hands clutched to head screaming “IT’S A CRISIS, IT’S A CRISIS”. That was probably two years ago now.

Do I sense a grasp of reality in Transport for Buckinghamshire after recent staff changes. There is (or may be) a problem in Market square. The solution? Fix it at the lowest possible cost in the shortest possible time. Why? Because the restriction barriers are legally ineffectual and an eyesore which does Chesham High Street no favours.

Don’t let the environment agency turn it into a calamity: the country does not have that kind of money any more.

Scout Post

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

As usual, we are helping with the distribution of Scout Post. This is a very worthwhile fundraiser for the Scouts. Buy a 20p stamp from us, put it onto your Christmas card or message and post it in the postbox in our shop. As simple as that. Not only is it cheaper than Royal Mail but, dare I say it, more reliable than the crisis ridden postal service. Don’t even mention the ridiculous closure of Chesham’s main post office.

There are about 10 Scout posting boxes in Chesham and another 10 in Amersham. Delivery area includes Amersham Common, Amersham Old Town, Amersham on the Hill, Asheridge, Ashley Green, Bellingdon, Chartridge, Chesham, Chesham Bois, Hyde Heath, Ley Hill, Little Chalfont, Orchard Leigh, Pednor, Pednor Bottom, The Vale and Tylers Hill.

Last posting date is 20th December

Lowndes Park

Monday, September 21st, 2009

We received a glossy promotion from the Town Council in which it was stated that Lowndes Park is ‘owned’ by Chesham Town Council. I am not sure this is true and suspect that Town Council ‘owns’ very little apart perhaps from a few paper-clips.

If I remember correctly, the park was given to the ‘people of Chesham’. They pay a not-inconsiderable sum to have the Town Council manage the park. This is not the first time such claims have been made and I fear the Town Council is using a favoured trick of the politician: if you say something often enough, it becomes the truth.

The park is of great value to Chesham in the same way that the open space in front of the Royal Crescent in Bath is of importance to the crescent itself. The crescent is quite simply unremarkable (particularly as a world heritage site) and is easily equalled by other crescents in cities throughout the land (even in Bath itself). What sets it apart is the open space in front of it.

Just as no-one in their right mind would put children’s playgrounds and skateboard-ramps on the semi-circle in front of the Royal Crescent, so they should treat the further ‘development’ of Lowndes Park with consideration and respect.

BBrrrrr!

Friday, October 19th, 2007

First decent frost of the season this morning! I might be tempted to switch on the shop heating. I am sad enough to record when the shop heating goes on and off. Last year we put the heating on on 31st October and the year before on the 4th November.

Must be Global Cooling!!

Saxon spoken here?

Monday, June 12th, 2006

As an ex-South African who speaks a bit of Afrikaans, I am always impressed to see old Saxon names surviving in the UK. The Strand in London is a good example and still means beach in Afrikaans (and I dare say Dutch). As teutonic languages, Dutch, Afrikaans, flemish, plat-Deutch and Saxon are at the very least related. I just love Arreweg Lane in the hills behind Chesham. ‘weg’ is a road in Afrikaans and mutated into ‘way’ in English.

More than one customer of ours (their link with history obvious when they say ‘Chezzam’ rather than ‘Chesham’) comes in and asks for ‘mace trips’ instead of mouse trap. Now the funny thing is that a mouse in Afrikaans is a ‘muis’. The vowel pronunciation of muis is difficult to describe in English but is a lot closer to mace than mouse. Are the older folk in Chesham still speaking Saxon?

Chesham a ‘must visit’ place?

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

‘The Chesham Community Vision has identified that there is a great opportunity for Chesham to make money out of tourism, to put Chesham on the map as a “must visit” place.’

They will have to address the rickety railway, high parking charges and congestion on all roads into town first. And that’s just the first attempt at a list.

Water Leak, Red Lion Street (Oh dear!)

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

Well the repair on Sunday lasted a day. Now the road surface is collapsing as well. Will it ever end?

The thing which should annoy us all is that, by hook or by crook, we are the ones paying for this shambles.

McDonald’s closing in Chesham, Good news/Bad news?

Monday, March 13th, 2006

McDonald’s is closing in Chesham at the end of the month. I can’t admit to being a great fan myself although our kids never missed the opportunity when offered. 

Chesham certainly does not need another empty shop and a big one at that. I’ll be sorry to see them go. 

Water Leak, Red Lion Street (update)

Monday, March 13th, 2006

Well that will teach me to open my mouth. There has been yet another attempt over the weekend to repair the leak and all is, at the moment, dry.

There is no truth in the rumour that Done Bookmakers have opened a book on how long it will take to start leaking again.

I once worked for a boss in the mining industry whose favourite saying was: ‘Do it once, and do it well’.

Water Leak, Red Lion Street (yawn)

Sunday, March 12th, 2006

Putting men on the moon is easy-peasy. Our cars have computers that dole out petrol by the teaspoon. We can take a photo of Katie’s birthday and email it to Aunt Mabel in New Zealand in a flash.

But we can’t muster the engineering skills to fix a water leak outside the Bulldog newsagent.

It’s about as pathetic as the previous Town Clerk cheerfully admitting that he didn’t have a clue how to organise the repair of the Market Square clock.